Reform slowdown could stop erosion of nurse influence

Dave West & Crispin Dowler, Nursing Times, May 17, 2011 Further political pressure on government plans for a comprehensive transfer of NHS decision making powers to GP led consortia could help salvage the formal role of nurses in commissioning. The government is reviewing health secretary Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill and “substantive” changes have been promised. Liberal Democrats and senior national NHS managers are understood to be pushing for “clusters” of primary care trusts to be kept for the foreseeable future, instead of being abolished in April 2013 as originally planned. ... Reform